Just wait for #TheMovement
This seemed to be a pretty common statement on Twitter three and four years ago. Even as we signed a high recruiting class with Watford, Creek, Elston and Hulls, I was told by many IU basketball fans on Twitter to wait three more years for #TheMovement.
Now that we have 25% of #TheMovement’s college career in the books, I think it is fair to see if the reality met up to the expectations.
For me, the most glaring statistic is that in the last 2 games of our season, our Freshman scored a grand total of 3 points. You expect Freshman to struggle a bit with the longer college season, but getting 3 points out of 4 players in 2 NCAA games, is not going to cut it. At the bottom of this post are some graphs showing the season trends of points and minutes for Hollowell, Perea and Ferrell. Ferrell is the only one that shows any growth.
If you add our Sophomore class, which is fine because many think that Zeller was the start of #TheMovement, that adds you 27 more points, of which Zeller had 25.
Let that sink in for a minute. In our last two games, our Freshman and Sophomores accounted for 30 points total, or 15 points a game.
If there hadn’t been so much hype about these recruiting classes, then I wouldn’t mind this at all, as you normally expect younger players in college to take some time to learn the game and really blossom during their Junior and Senior years. But what concerns me, is that before they even got to campus, many were touting #TheMovement and what was going to turn around IU basketball. It was a given that Yogi would start a PG. There was talk of Perea starting or at least fighting for a rotation spot.
Now you could argue, “so our young players had a few off games when it counted most”, and that’s fine. What really concerns me is that the ink hadn’t even dried on our season ending loss to Syracuse, and already people were talking about our incoming recruiting class. How Vonleh is really going to fill a void inside, etc.
Maybe this will be the case, and as an IU fan, I hope so. But I also think we all need to really examine how much stock we are putting into recruiting, since those same people that brought you #TheMovement, also brought you 3 points in 2 NCAA tournament games.
Remember how pissed the majority of the IU fan base got with Mike Davis when he said “The cavalry is coming” in relation to Bracey Wright? Well, Bracey wasn’t what we were hoping for, and Davis ended up getting fired.
I’m not calling for any jobs, but just curious how we went from that fan base, to one who is fine with over-expectations of recruits and talk of “cavalry” coming in future years. Then when we under-achieve in the NCAA’s, and that same group is a no-show, we just put on our blinders and look forward to another #TheMovement to save us.